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Mithali Raj stars in Indian women’s cricket team’s warm-up win vs Sri Lanka

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj scored 85 as her side beat Sri Lanka in a warm-up game.

cricket Updated: Jun 21, 2017 23:36 IST
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Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj was in fine form as the team beat Sri Lanka in a warm-up game. (PTI)

Skipper Mithali Raj hit a strokefilled 85 as Indian women’s cricket team beat Sri Lanka by 109 runs in a warm-up game for the ICC Women’s World Cup, here today.

Batting first, India scored a healthy 275 for 8 in 50 overs with half-centuries from Raj and opener Poonam Raut (69). The other significant contribution came from Smriti Mandhana (44). The Indian captain hit 11 boundaries in her 89-ball knock.

In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 166 in 48.4 overs with left-arm spinner Rajsewari Gayekwad taking 4/12 in 7 overs.

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In an earlier interview, she had revealed that their first target is to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s cricket World Cup, starting from June 24 in London.

“Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals, but for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum,” Mithali was quoted on ICC’s official website as saying.

“The World Cup is a big stage, and that’s four years of preparation. We’re looking forward to it, it’s going to be my fourth World Cup, so I’m looking forward to some good games,” Mithali said.

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Brief Scores: India Women 275/8 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 85, Poonam Raut 69, Smriti Mandhana 44)

Sri Lanka 166 in 48.4 overs (Rakeswari Gayekwad 4/12, Shikha Pandey 2/22). India women won by 109 runs.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 23:20 IST